Participation Rate is the key to market share growth for a machinery dealer. However, there are two machinery distributor deal participation rates. And, the opportunity for one occurs much more frequently than the other. Each Participation Rate reflects purchase activity between an end user and the machinery dealership. The Primary Participation Rate is the customer’s… Continue reading Participation Rates and Market Share
The most successful machinery dealership rental operations are under the close control of a Rental Bus Driver. This Revenue Center Manager is responsible for the overall profitable operations of the department. To be successful, your rental business management process must include qualitative insights together with quantitative performance metrics that are reviewed weekly. Today’s rental market… Continue reading Building a Wildly Successful Machinery Rental Business
People visit your website, because they are interested in your products and services. But if you don’t know who they are and when they visit, you may never have the opportunity to welcome them as a customer. More than 90% to 95% of purchasers (customers and prospects) will investigate a dealer by visiting their website… Continue reading Who’s visiting your website?
The absolute number representing “Recovery Rate” is interesting but not a call to action. It only indicates your current position relative to the target score of 100% Absorption Rate. Managers look at it and say WOW with little insight into how to make any improvements. Fixed Operating Expenses are those dealer expenses that do not… Continue reading What Impacts Dealer Absorption Rate?
The two big CASH TRAPS in machinery dealerships are: Old un-sold used trade-in units Obsolete parts inventory. Dealers who launch serious Operations Improvement efforts for the first time often find they have as much as 35-40% of parts inventory value in dead/obsolete stock. This article discusses reasonable and practical approaches to eliminate parts inventory line… Continue reading Eliminating Obsolete Inventory
There are three types of Inventory. These definitions will help in your efforts to manage inventory and optimize profitability: A-B-C-D Inventory Control Still Works The old approach to classifying inventory by the way items are sold still works. However, we recommend 13 classes instead of 4 because this aids in determining stocking levels. With your… Continue reading Parts Inventory Control and Re-Order Optimization
The wise and skillful Parts Manager learns how to satisfy, simultaneously, the conflicting interests of his two primary constituents: dealer ownership and dealer customers. Customers demand high off-shelf fill rates which tend to increase inventory investment. Dealer Ownership demands high asset productivity. The challenge is to do both extremely well. The figure below illustrates how… Continue reading Value of Effective Parts Management
By now everyone on the planet is feeling the impact of supply chain disruptions. And, for the machinery dealer, this becomes both a problem as well as an opportunity. But, to survive, the dealer needs to strategically work around these challenges. The problem with manufacturers extending lead times from weeks to months, makes timely end-of-lifecycle… Continue reading Surviving the Supply Chain Crisis
It’s hard to think of an important aspect of dealer management that is more neglected than parts operations management training. Your Parts Manager can be responsible for warehouse security and safety, inventory control, picking, and shipping efficiency, prompt response to “back counter” service department requirements, parts warranty claims, parts marketing and sales, and an attractive… Continue reading Parts Management Operations Improvement
An incredibly useful tool to improve gross profit margins is the customer ranking report. This report is run for parts customers and separately for service customers. The annual customer purchase history was ranked by Gross Profit Margin Percent. Customer $ Parts Sales $ Gross Profit Gross ProfitMargin % Always show Gross Profit Margin to at… Continue reading Parts Margin Improvement Tools: Customer Ranking Reports